No Works? No Faith! Greater Faith Shows Greater Works:
Faith To Do:
Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief.
— Matthew 17:15-20.
Communism (Christian, not Marxist):
And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
— Acts 2:44-45.
And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
— Acts 4:32.
The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
— Luke 22:25-26.
Real Liberal: God's Blessings Flow:
But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.
— Isaiah 32:8.
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
— Proverbs 11:25.
We Are What We Do:
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
— John 3:19-21.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
— Matthew 5:16.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
— Matthew 7:21-23.
Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
— Matthew 11:21.
And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
— Matthew 11:23.
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
— Matthew 16:27.
The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments.
— Matthew 23:2-5.
For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
— Mark 13:34.
My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
— John 4:34.
My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
— John 5:17.
For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
— John 5:20.
But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
— John 5:36.
The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
— John 7:7.
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
— John 9:4.
I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
— John 10:25.
Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
— John 10:32.
If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
— John 10:37-38.
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
— John 14:10-12.
If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
— John 15:24.
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
— John 17:4.
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
— James 2:20.
Fruits (Results) and Timing the Harvest:
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
— Matthew 7:16-20.
Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
— Matthew 12:33.
But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
— Matthew 13:8.
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
— Matthew 13:23.
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
— Matthew 13:26.
And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
— Matthew 21:19.
And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
— Matthew 21:34.
They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
— Matthew 21:41.
Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
— Matthew 21:43.
But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
— Matthew 26:29.
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
— Mark 4:28-29.
And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
— Luke 1:42.
Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
— Luke 3:8-9.
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
— Luke 8:14-15.
And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
— Luke 12:17-20.
A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
— Luke 13:6-7.
And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
— John 4:36.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
— John 12:24.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
— John 15:2.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
— John 15:4-5.
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
— John 15:8.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
— John 15:16.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
— Matthew 5:19.
Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
— Matthew 15:3.
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
— Matthew 15:9.
Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
— Matthew 19:17.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
— Matthew 22:37-40.
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
— Mark 7:8-9.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
— Mark 10:19.
No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
— John 10:18.
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
— John 12:49-50.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
— John 13:34.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
— John 14:21.
But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do.
— John 14:31.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
— John 15:10.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
— John 21:15-17.
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
— Matthew 25:35-36.
Remember the poor and also the lonely, the widowed, the orphaned, the oppressed, and others, the world over. Devise liberal devices and stand by them.
Let us have the one belief and one faith to do the works together bringing forth the fruits of the law given by Jesus Christ by which results we will be known and sealed as the Church.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
— Matthew 10:8.
A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief.
— Mark 6:4-6.
There shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
— John 10:16.
I and my Father are one.
— John 10:30.
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
— John 17:11.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
— John 17:21.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.
— John 17:22.
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
— John 17:23.
Not Greed, not Evil Hoarding and Worldly Riches, but rather Giving and Treasure in the Kingdom of God:
Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
— Matthew 19:23-24.
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
— Mark 4:19.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
— Luke 1:53.
But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
— Luke 6:24.
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
— Luke 8:14.
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
— Luke 12:21.
When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
— Luke 14:12.
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
— Luke 16:11.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried.
— Luke 16:22.
The Spirit of Giving:
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
— Luke 19:8-9.
And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
— Acts 4:36-37.
Not Violence and Punishment but rather Peace, Mercy, and Forgiveness:
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
— Matthew 5:39.
He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
— John 8:7.
Not Sexual Depravity but rather Sexual Harmlessness:
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man.
— Matthew 15:19-20.
And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
— Mark 9:42.
He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
— Matthew 19:4-6.
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
— John 6:27.
Work for righteousness' sake not for self apart from God. Everyone who works for righteousness does the commandments of Jesus: The will of God.
Channel the fruits of your labor into bringing forth as one, as the Church.
Let us together bring forth the Christian Commons.
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)